Immersive Art By Netherlands Creator On Display At Water Street

Water Street Tampa developer Strategic Property Partners LLC has commissioned renowned Studio Roosegaarde to deliver its well-received “Waterlicht” installation to Tampa as a part of the second annual “Arts in Motion,” a free, public art experience at Water Street Tampa.

There are two elements for the community to enjoy:

“Dune” is making its second appearance in the U.S. at Sparkman Wharf, 315 Channelside Drive, through Oct. 29. It can be viewed from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The entrance is near Splitsville at Sparkman Wharf.

“Waterlicht” will make its third U.S. appearance in Water Street Tampa from Oct. 27 to 29 from 8 to 11 p.m.

Illuminating the night sky with its light display mimicking the beauty of water, “Waterlicht” will be projected over 19,000 square feet along Water Street, stretching 500 feet between Channelside Drive and Cumberland Avenue.

“Waterlicht creates a place of wonder; as an activator to create a better future,” said Studio Roosegaarde founder Daan Roosegaarde. “In bringing this exhibition to Tampa, we demonstrate that our world is changing and causes viewers to beg the question, ‘How can I be a part of it?’

The exhibit is free and open to the public, but visitors must register beforehand by clicking here.

Through a partnership with art manager and commissioner, Cass Contemporary of Tampa, SPP brought artist Daan Roosegaarde and his team of designers and engineers to Tampa to set up the “Waterlicht” installation that’s attracted millions of people to nearly 20 venues around the world.

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Netherlands artist Daan Roosegaarde conceived both “Dune” at Sparkman Wharf and “Waterlicht” at Water Street Tampa.

The artwork uses LED lighting, software, lenses and humidity (which Florida has in abundance) to immerse audiences in a dreamscape environment, simulating the feeling of being underwater.

The purpose of “Waterlicht” is to heighten the viewer’s awareness of how precious nature is and the importance of preserving it. As a result, the installation is of interest to both art lovers and nature enthusiasts.

Neighborhood restaurants — The Market at The Tampa EDITION, Boulon Brasserie, Predalina and Small Giant — will offer guests an exclusive culinary experience with premium seating to fully immerse viewers in the art display.

Dinner reservations include entry to the exhibition. A percentage of each ticket sale will benefit the nonprofit Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful. Visit Water Street Tampa for reservations.

There will be musical entertainment in Raybon Plaza at Water Street each night including The Earth Harp, which appeared on “America’s Got Talent,” on Friday, popular DJ Pamela Tick on Saturday and The Florida Orchestra on Sunday.

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